2012 Southeast Texas Livestock Extravaganza

The 2012 Southeast Texas Livestock Extravaganza will be held on Jan. 7-8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Winnie Stowell Park in Winnie, Texas. The Livestock Extravaganza is open to all 4-H and FFA Members. Clinic discussions will cover selection, feeding, weight management, culling and livestock judging. Buckles given for high point individuals, along with door prizes. Cost is $15 per person with lunch being provided by Samson. Please RSVP by Jan. 3. For questions and additional information contact the Extension Office at 409-882-7010. Sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service Jefferson, Hardin, Liberty, Orange and Chamber Counties.

OC Retired Seniors to meet Jan. 9

The Orange County Retired Seniors will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 9 at The Salvation Army Bldg. on MLK and Strickland. Bring a covered dish for the noon meal. Also, please bring Bingo prizes and soaps for OCS. We will be collecting our yearly dues at this meeting. If you want your name included in our member roster be sure to pay at this meeting. Also, The Nominating Committee will give their report at this meeting. All seniors are invited to attend. For more information, call 409-883-6161.

CASA volunteer training class to begin Jan. 9

“Advocates for Children, Inc. will have a CASA volunteer training class beginning Jan. 9 and concluding Jan. 13, Monday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each evening. Call the CASA office if you are interested in attending at 1-877-586-6548 (toll free). An application and background checks must be done first. For more information, go to the website: www.advocates-4-children-inc.org.

OC Retired Teachers to meet Jan. 9

The Orange County Retired Teachers will meet on Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 401 37th St. in Orange.
The guest speaker will be Tommy White, Attorney-at-law, who will talk on Estate Planning, Wills and Living Wills.
The meeting will include a light lunch. January hostesses are: Evera Enard, Doris Allen, Kay Kline, JoAnn Price, Brenda Robicheaux, Marilyn Sanford, Irelia Rhodes, Marion McIntire, Evelyn Sechler.
Members are reminded to bring their 2011 Volunteer Hours to turn in, as well as donations of children’s books (they are due this month) and pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.

OC Master Gardeners to meet Jan. 12

The monthly meeting of the Orange County Master Gardeners will be held on Thursda, Jan. 12 at the Salvation Army building on the corner of MLK and Strickland in Orange. There will be a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. and the business meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. At the end of the meeting door prizes will be drawn. Any one interested in gardening is welcome to attend.

Red Hot Flashers to meet Jan. 19

The Red Hot Flashers of Orange County will meet Jan. 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the New York Pizza in Vidor, Texas, for their regular meeting. The birthday lady is: Lady Cha Cha, Marcie Baca. We will be celebrating the new year. All ladies are welcome. For information, please call 409-886-1609.

Meet and Greet the Master Gardeners on Jan. 21

The Orange County Master Gardener’s will have a meet and greet at their new greenhouse facility on FM 1442 at Jewel Cormier Park on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. The community is invited to visit with the Master Gardeners, see their new greenhouses and learn what a Master Gardener is. If plants, gardening and horticulture fascinate you, we would love for you to come check us out. We are located in Orangefield between St. Helen Catholic Church and the railroad tracks south off IH10 Exit 869 and north off FM 105 from Bridge City.

Chuck Young Alumni Classic scheduled for Feb. 11

The Bridge City Baseball Program will host the Chuck Young Alumni Classic along with an Alumni Homerun Derby on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at Cardinal Field. The Home Run Derby will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will cost $20 to enter. The game will be held a noon. Game shirts will cost $10. Any former Cardinal baseball players interested in participating in either event please contact Chris Moore at chris.moore813@gmail.com All former Bridge City Baseball coaches are welcome to come out and see their former players. For more information visit the BC baseball website at http://bridgecitycardinalbaseball.webs.com/

American Legion to host pool tournament

The American Legion Lloyd Grubbs Post 49, located at 108 Green Ave. in Orange, will be hosting a pool tournament every Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight. There is a ten player maximum. The community is encouraged to join in the fun and free food to help support the Veterans. For more information, call 409-330-4847.

Orange Community Band to meet every Thursday

The Orange Community Band rehearses every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, located at 4103 Meeks Drive in Orange. They are in need of players for the following sections; flute, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, and percussion, but ALL are welcome! The band performs Christmas, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran’s Day concerts. At least one traditional band concert is performed annually. Please visit us on Facebook at Orange Community Band.

BCCC now accepting Business, Citizen of Year applications

Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year. Please submit all nominations in writing to Bridge City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 150 W. Roundbunch Rd, Bridge City, Tx. 77611. Deadline to submit nominations will be Feb. 8, 2012.

Rape and Suicide Crisis Center to offer support group meetings

The Rape and Suicide Crisis Center of Southeast Texas will be hosting a support group for female survivors of sexual assault the first and third Wednesday of every month, starting at 5:30 p.m. Meetings will be held at the Foundation of Southeast Texas building, located at 700 North St. in downtown Beaumont.
To RSVP or for further information, please contact the Crisis Center at 409-832-6530.

BCISD to administer Credit by Examination

Bridge City ISD, in accordance with Chapter 74.24 TAC, will administer the Texas Tech University Credit by Examination Tests. Testing dates will be June 5, 6 and 7, 2012. Students in grades first through fifth will be allowed to take each of the five tests (Math, Science, Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies) at the elementary level without prior instruction. The student must score at least 90 on each of the five four tests to be considered eligible for grade level acceleration. Students in grades sixth through 12 will be permitted to take an examination to earn credit for an academic course for which they have had no prior instruction. Students must score at least 90 on the test to receive course credit. Additional information and registration forms can be obtained by contacting Gina Mannino at: gina.mannino@bridgecityisd.net.

Chevron Retirees Association to meet Jan. 10

The Chevron Retirees Association will meet Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 11:15 a.m. at Robert’s Steakhouse, located at 3712 W. Park Ave. in Orange. All Chevron, Texaco and Unocal retirees, spouses and guests are cordially invited to attend this meeting for a good “Dutch treat” meal, fellowship and an update on the latest activities of the CRA.

AARP income tax assistance program offered

The AARP Tax Filing Assistance Program will begin Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 12:15 p.m. in the Orange Public Library. Trained volunteers will be available from 12:15 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday through April 13th.
Anyone seeking assistance should bring the following: all W-2 and 1099 forms, including Social Security benefits and statements; records of Capital gains and losses; receipts of medical expenses, taxes paid, interest paid, contributions, casualty and theft losses, job expenses, sales tax receipts for major purchases and Social Security cards for dependents; a copy of your 2010 tax return, which will be very helpful for the volunteers assisting in the preparations of the 2011 return.
Electronic filing will be available. No tax returns will be started after 4 p.m.